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Edward Cooper
El segundo duque de Alba y las Comunidades de Castilla: nuevas aportaciones extremeñas y murcianas

Conference contribution

Arte, Poder y Sociedad
Llerena, Spain

October 27, 2006

proceedings: ISSN: 978-84-611-6679-4, pp. 197-221

This paper integrates Cooper's previous research on the ownership and building of castles in Castile 1450-1520, with that on political rivalry for the control of economically interdependent migratory sheep husbandry and alum mining.

The research skills used are geneaology, palæography and photography.


English abstract:

The second duke of Alba inherited in 1488 rivalry for control of the Castilian drovers' roads with the duke of Arévalo, supporter of the king of Portugal in the succession war 1475-9. Through strategic arranged marriages he acquired the castles that gave him a monopoly of pastorage throughout southern León and Extremadura, and extended his chain of fiefs across Andalucía, until he clashed with the alum mining magnate of Murcia, the marquis of los Vélez.

They skirmished by proxy, using the popular Revolt of the Comuneros (1520-21) as a smokescreen. The duke ousted the marquis from political control of Murcia, but was unable to divest him of the alum trade.

Full paper:

El segundo duque de Alba y las Comunidades de Castilla: nuevas aportaciones extremeñas y murcianas


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